Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance
populate the pages of the first-ever teen series from #1
bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.
Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant,
gorgeous-and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for
using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca
is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon,
commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in
its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this
year-the end of days.
Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl
shut up in a nunnery so she can't inherit any of her father's
estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions,
Isolde is accused of witchcraft-and Luca is sent to investigate
her, but finds himself plotting her escape.
Despite their vows, despite themselves,
love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe
with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young
people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers
as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the
boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the
The first in a series, this epic and
richly detailed drama is grounded in historical communities and
their mythic beliefs. It includes a medieval map of Europe that
will track their journey; and the interior will include relevant
decorative elements as well as an interior line illustration. And
look for a QR code that links to a note from the author with
additional, detailed information about the setting and the history
that informed the writing. With Philippa Gregory's trademark touch,
this novel deftly brings the past-and its salacious
scandals-vividly and disturbingly to life.